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in a densely packed, tightly inhabited urban area, just across the hudson river from new york city, in hoboken, new jersey, correspondent katy tur has been covering there for us all day, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian, for the first time since monday night people are able to leave their homes to get a good sense of what the damage is. but the water is still very high in a number of these areas, and they're not expecting it to be fully gone until at least tomorrow night. 20,000 people trapped, hoboken became a virtual island as 500 million gallons of water overwhelmed the town. by wednesday morning the national guard came in to help, delivering much needed food and supplies to those still stranded. >> one thing we truly need is more fuel. >> reporter: the hoboken mayor. >> we need more fuel, resources, food so anybody who is listening to this in the city of hoboken or neighboring towns who can get to us, we ask you to come and deliver your supplies. >> reporter: as the length of this mixture of water, sewer, and oil turned into ponds, some got their first chance to assess the da
it this way, in new york city, people can't find gasoline, and some went to find food from dumpsters from the stores, because they have no power or water, and what the stores have is still good, although it needed to be thrown out. and since you're going to hear the memory of katrina invoked more and more in the coming days, like katrina, three days out, we're still learning about places receiving very little help and attention, like staten island. ann curry has more. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you, that is right, the outrage boiled over here in staten island, because more than three days after the hurricane here, people from the close-knit community accused them of responding much slower here than to the richer parts of the city. >> every single person on this block lost everything. >> reporter: staten island has had enough. >> we just want everyone to know that we are hurting down here and we need help, immediately. >> reporter: residents here are asking why hasn't more help arrived? >> i think we're not getting more attention, because we are a working class neighborhood. and i
with the law yet again. she was arrested early this morning at a new york city nightclub, charged with assault. police say lohan hit another woman in the face during an argument at the club. the victim did notave to go to the hospital. lohan was booked at a nearby police station. of course, it was just days ago, sunday in fact, when lohan's made-for-tv movie "dick & liz" premiered to mostly bad reviews. >>> all right, let's head back down to the plaza because we want another look at the tree, and dylan as well. she has the rest of your weather channel forecast. good morning once again. >> forget me, it's all about the tree, and there will be tons of people down here to get a view at just that, and the weather is cooperating. you know, the whole eastern half of the country enjoying a lot of sunshine. it's just the west coast that is seeing the rain. so, for all the folks headed down to new york city today, it is looking fantastic. speaking of the west, though, we do have unseasonably cool temperatures. we are in the 40s and 50s along the west coast itself, castro, wyoming, at about 43 degrees r
. >> reporter: there were some signs of meaningful progress. in new york city, more train and subway service was added. all told, the electricity is back on for more than 4 million homes and businesses across the northeast. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: this evening, the lights came back on in new york's greenwich village, something worth celebrating. and all but two of atlantic city's casinos are back in business. what are the odds of that? but for many more, the misery inflicted by the monster storm feels like it is becoming permanent, homes destroyed, neighborhoods gone, a lifetime's investment wiped out. >> it is like you had a cute little home and now you have no place to stay. i mean, you don't have a home to live in. >> reporter: across new york, new jersey, and connecticut, recovery comes in many forms. for some, it is a full tank of gas. for others, it's when the lights go back on. and for one man in new jersey, it's seeing the utility truck arrive on his street. >> i looked outside and was -- felt like christmas. somebody delivering new telephone poles. this is the most happy feeling
the decision to go ahead with the new york city marathon sunday. mayor michael bloomberg says it won't hurt storm relief efforts. and in lower manhattan where power may not come back until the weekend, our reporter from wnbc found an incredible sight near a supermarket. >> look how desperate it has got in here in this neighborhood. people are dumpster diving and what they're going after here is the food. some that i've spoken with so hungry they literally pried open this dumpster and they are literally picking through. >>> four days after san dirks fatigue and frustration mount as people wait for electric power and more help to meet the overwhelming need. nbc's danielle lee is in atlantic city, new jersey, for us this morning. danielle, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. the ones famous atlantic city boardwalk now dismantled and empty. it's evidence of the long road ahead that's already leading to frustration. more than 30,000 have asked for aid. all up and down the jersey shore crews are beginning to remove debris to try to get the power back on. in parts of new jersey,
the storm is just south of cape cod, heavy snow set up over new jersey, new york city and up into connecticut. snowfall totals very impressive. manchester, new jersey, one of highest totals, nearly a foot. many areas of connecticut picked up between five to eight inches. and central park in new york city picked up between about four to five inches of snow, being the earliest ever that new york city has had four inches of snow heading into the winter season. and these wind gusts are still impressive. they've come down, lynn, over new york city and areas of new england, but cape cod? it's still howling up to 60-mile-per-hour gusts, so an impressive early-season nor'easter. >> bill, thanks so much. >>> well, president obama is back at the white house this morning where he will begin to work with congress on taxes, spending, and the national debt to avoid that so-called fiscal cliff. nbc's tracie potts is in washington with the latest on that. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. that big party in chicago over, the president now back here in washington dealing w
, in the center of new york city, transformed for thevening into democracy plaza. our nbc news election night headquarters. across this country today from the first light of day in montana, americans voted. they voted in temporary tents and by flashlight in the rockaways here in new york, where after all an entire region remains crippled and this will remain another cold, dark night for upwards of a million people. the first polls have already closed. more are closing in the next 30 minutes. people are still lining up to vote tonight in the state that may be the greatest prize of all, ohio. the candidates are spent after an exhaust iing campaign. now it all comes down to tonight. and just after midnight in keeping with a grand american tradition, the people of dixville notch, new hampshire cast the first votes in the nation and voted to a 5/5 tie. the first tie vote in that small town's history. we can only guess what that means for how late we'll be at this tonight. our team is in place all over the country and here in new york. we want to begin with our white house correspondent kristen wel
in that state. nbc's katy tur is in the community of seabright, new jersey, not far from new york city to the south laupg new jersey. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, this is what you don't see very often, we have accumulation on the ground and flooding, here, it is three blocks wide at the widest, we have the ocean behind me and the river. it floods during nor'easter, and got hit hard during sandy, you can see it by the buildings behind me. now this town along the coast of new jersey is wondering what they will wake up to. ten days after hurricane sandy ripped apart the jersey shore, towns are scrambling to prepare for the first major winter storm and restore the battered coastline. mike seidel here this morning. >>> here at pleasant point beach they spent the day bringing sand out to the beach, building a dune twice as high but not as wide as the one wiped out by hurricane sandy. >> reporter: new jersey governor chris christie warned this nor'easter could stall the restoration effort. >> i hate setbacks, i don't tolerate them very well, but this one i can't control. the weath
and drivers in new york city are still feeling the effects and frustration with long lines for gasoline. so now new york city and long island officials are following new jersey's lead by ordering fuel rationing beginning today to deal with the fuel shortages and distribution delays. meanwhile, buyer beware if you're in the market for a new or used car in the coming years. nbc's chris clackum explains. >> reporter: just like in hurricane's past, sandy left behind lots of soaked and sand-filled cars. >> the estimate is that there's at least 16,000 new cars that were damaged and up to 250,000 used cars. >> reporter: and guess where many if not most will end up? >> put-back into the market and resold to unsuspecting consumers. >> reporter: so what do you do? >> the number one thing for anybody looking to buy a used car is to pull a vehicle history report. >> reporter: also, let a mechanic you trust take a look at it, or at the very least inspect the car yourself and include a smell test. >> the odor. because when a car sits in standing water, particularly in saltwater, that car will take on a s
jersey area. more than 2 million people still without power, mostly in new york city's outer boroughs and the suburbs. and there's growing frustration over a shortage of gasoline and heat as people wait in line for hours to fill up cars. >> those long lines aside, many storm victims also dealing with uncertainty and anxiety as they try to piece their lives back together. dr. nancy snyderman will be here with advice on dealing with the stress caused by hurricane sandy. >>> and it was supposed to be race day for some 47,000 runners in the new york city marathon. the event, of course, canceled on friday, much to the disappointment of many of those who were supposed to run. we'll tell you how some of them plan to spend this it day running for a much different cause. >>> and if you are like many people you may be ready for the election to be over. believe it or not, though, from clint eastwood's chair to kids who are sick of the whole thing, there were a fair amount of funny moments during this campaign season and we'll have a fond look back at those. >>> we do begin with the northeaster h
had to do to save two children. and the mayor cancelled the new york city marathon, but it did not stop runners from participating in a bigger vent today. we will explain that. >>> good evening, i'm diane dwyer and we are on a special time because of football. with e begin with the presidential election down to the final hours now. and listen to this, the two campaigns held a combined 14 events in five states. >> two days before voters go to the polls, governor mitt romney and president obama were fighting for votes in the battleground states. >> florida, in two days, you've got a choice the make. >> the final nbc news poll before the election shows the candidates are in a dead heat. president obama with a 48 to 47% lead. but the president's handling of hurricane sandy has boosted his approval numbers. >> you don't know what crisis the next president will confront. >> in the toss up state of ohio governor romney is six points down, which is forcing him to look to other it is thes like iowa that could prove critical on the electoral map. >> we can do better. a better america. a
of the united states. you check it out online, ton web or if you're here in the big apple in new york city, come down to democracy plaza in rockefeller center coming up. >>> major updates on the recovery efforts for those in hurricane sandy's path, plus one of the most accurate predictors of presidential politics dating back to 1900, it has precisely picked the winner over 89% of the time. you're watching "early today." >>> at least 111 people now confirmed dead in the wake of hurricane sandy. more than 650,000 people got their power back in the last 24 hours. at least 1.3 million customers remain in the dark. new york governor andrew cuomo says the fuel shortage that's led to long lines could go on for days, and he warned those taking mass transit this morning can expect a lot more company as people find other ways to go to work and students return to school. in new jersey, the odd-even licensing plate rationing order remains in effect. many banks who waive fees say they'll extend those breaks until wednesday, and a massive crane dangling over a new york city high-rise since last monday has now
, if you come visit us here in new york city over the holidays, you'll likely see just one of two cities. manhattan is glittering and bustling, and the streets are packed, the stores are packed and the tree out back is up. drive toward the coast, to the places on the water that were ruined by the storm three weeks ago, and you'll find that life has largely stood still. the good news, most people are finding a way to help their neighbors. that includes the rockaways on the coast of the south of here where a group of men all local dads who call themselves the gray beards are making a difference. their story tonight from nbc's katy tur. >> reporter: across the bay from the brightly lit new york city skyline, a donated generator powers a meeting of the gray beards. >> just knocking on every single door is not impossible. >> reporter: over a can of bud, this home grown charity is plotting a rockaway comeback. >> we have to remind people, we're all in the same boat. >> the group of 180 firefighters, cops, executives and lawyers are the guys who make new york city work. keep things safe, and si
jersey amid long lines and flaring tempers. while across the river, the new york city marathon is cancelled after officials came under fire for planning to run a race as people here are struggling to survive. we've got it all covered live. three days and counting. president obama and governor romney make their final appearances in battleground states as we inch closer to election day. this morning, the results of our new polling in the states that just might decide this election. >>> and, welcome erica. say hello to the newest member of the "today" family, my new co-anchor erica hill. we can't wait for her to get started today, saturday november 3rd, 2012. >> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012. with lester holt and erica hill. live from democracy plaza. >>> and a big good morning to everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt here on democracy plaza, our home for nbc's election coverage, all the way through tuesday. but i am right now pleased to welcome my new co-host erica hill. great to have you here. before we get start
everything has come to a stop after an outpouring of suffering and rage, new york city cancels the marathon. >>> boiling point in one of the areas hardest hit by this storm. and the long lines for gas, some relief is on the way. >>> four days to go in the race for president. and tonight there is news on the jobs front. and a big priority for voters. >>> and making a difference, step by step, 21 stories in the dark, one woman's mission to help those in need. nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, an entire region remains crippled and hurting tonight, life is far from normal for millions of people, including those in the most densely populated areas in the country, heading into the fifth night with no power, the death toll went over 100. while today in the air, we could see the first signs that the calvary is coming, vehicles, pallets, arriving in new york city, all day today, on top of the anger for those who have not received help yet, there was disbelief that the city of new york was going through with the marathon on sunday, a race to go through all five boroughs, in some places still
. >>> plus, new york city's iconic empire state building shows off its new high tech lighting. you're watching "early today." >>> here's a look at some of the other stories making news early today in america. a tragedy in new york last night as a commuter bus plowed into a long island home and killed a 6-year-old little boy that was inside. police say the bus had just swerved to avoid a pedestrian and then just lost control. at least 11 bus passengers and the boy's 7-year-old brother were treated for minor injuries. just horrible. >>> the empire state building added flare to the new york city skyline. alicia keys flipped the switch on the inaugural light shows which were synchronized to her songs. the new lighting system displays over 16 million colors with various effects. >>> and, finally, one texas man is using his noggin for a novel idea. hey. the 27-year-old has hired a team of human billboards for baldlogo.com. for 327 bucks a day clients can temporarily tattoo their logo or brand name on employees' scalps. a portion of his profits will go toward helping kids with alopecia. t
are not livable. and today new york city mayor michael bloomberg extended the odd/even license gas rationing through the thanksgiving holiday. new york city building flp fors have already examined 2,000 homes and 900 are tagged with that tag that says seemingly unsafe. >>> rescuers have found the body of a man floating in the water on friday. one of the four men who suffered burns in the fire is improving and is now in fair condition. another is in serious condition and two remain crital. >>> still ahead, as nbc "nightly news" continues, forget black friday, this year they want you to stop until you drop even before the turkey is digested. >>> and then later, a surprise visitor drops into the sights of hundreds of troops in afghanistan. year again. medicare open enrollment. time to compare plans and costs. you don't have to make changes. but it never hurts to see if you can find better coverage, save money, or both. and check out the preventive benefits you get after the health care law. ♪ open enrollment ends december 7th. so now's the time. visit medicare.gov or call 1-800-medicare. i ho
the tirnlgs yes, that would make sense. you'd be the little brother. >> really? >>> wnbc 4 in new york city, a group of vets chose veterans day to help others rebounding from hurricane sandy. over 100 military vets spent their day handing out aid to hurricane sandy victims. the group belongs to a non-profit organization that's been on the ground in new york since the super storm has hit. doing good work there. >>> i'm lynn berry and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. >>> some rodents is israel are now considered valuable assets. a security company displayed new bomb detecting technology that relies on these little guys. the mice are placed in a scanner and react to different odors blown their way. company officials say the mice flee from potentially dangerous skrents and this technology -- >>> some of the titanic's most valuable treasurers are seeing the light of day. for the very first time most of the jewelry from the titanic will be on display with a three-city tour. the pieces include diamond, sapphire rings, broaches and a gold pocket watc
was reported. >>> and this year's rockefeller christmas tree has arrived in new york city. she's a beaut too. the 80 foot tall norway spruce survived the devastation of superstorm sandy. the tree lighting ceremony will be held on november 28th. >>> now for a check on wall street, the dow fell 59 points. the s&p was down five. the nasdaq lost 20. >>> taking a look at overseas trading. in tokyo, the nikkei nudged up 3 points while in hong kong the hang seng climbed 253. >>> blue chips took a lit on tuesday, but impressive earning after the bell from cisco could give the dow a boost this morning. california is making history today with the state's first ever auction of greenhouse gas pollution permits. the landmark cap and trade program is part of the state's 2006 global warming law. a last-minute lawsuit filed by california businesses was not expected to stop the auction. >>> in the wake of mounting protests by powerless victims of super storm sandy, long island power authority's chief operating officer has resigned. >>> the ceo of waffle house calls accusations of sexual assault and attempted
them. >>> new york city officials say they plan to demolish hundreds of buildings damaged beyond repair by sandy. the building department says about 200 homes were wrecked by the storm. about 500 others are being checked to see how bad the damage is. >>> a space capsule made a rare nighttime landing in kazakhstan, bringing back three astronauts, including an american after a four-month voyage to the international space station. >>> the national oceanic and atmospheric administration says october was the 332nd month with an above average surface temperature. to put that into perspective, anyone ages 27 and below, including lindsay lohan and olympic great michael phelps, has never lived through a month that saw global temperatures dip below average. >>> and a rare sight as a massive waterspout formed off the coast of southern australia sunday. one meteorologist described it as the most well-formed and intense one that he has ever seen. >>> and now over to wall street. dow opens this week at 12,588 after gaining 45 friday. the s&p was up six. the nasdaq added 16. markets overseas also saw
made a new york city police officer something of a hero. the story behind the picture from nbc's stephanie gosk. >> reporter: in times square, visitors tend to look up, struck by the bright lights and billboards. but officer larry diprimo had his eyes on the streets, and on a homeless man in the street. in need of help. >> it was freezing, first thing i thought, this was absolutely unacceptable. i went up to him. i was like where are your socks or shoes or anything? >> reporter: he was on the counterterrorism beat when he saw the homeless man sitting right here with no shoes on. in that moment, he thought it was not just his job to protect, but also his job to serve. the most immediate need was obvious, and the shoe store was right there. jose conno was on shift. >> the officer was inspiring, i worked in the city for about ten years, and nobody has really taken this sort of initiative. >> reporter: conno cut him a deal on the water-proof winter boots, the officer paid with his own money. >> i think this is an important reminder that some people have it worse. >> reporter: jenni
. which he surely did. >>> and speaking of random acts, this new york city police officer did something incredibly kind for a homeless veteran in need, and he did it when he thought no one else was looking. >> reporter: it was a moment of kindness captured in a photograph. an nypd officer helping an apparently homeless man. >> it was freezing, and the first thing i thought was like this is absolutely unacceptable. so i went up to him. i was like, where are your socks or your shoes or anything? >> reporter: officer larry deprimo says he was so moved by what he saw he went into this store to find the man a pair of shoes. >> it's kind of hard not to be inspired. again, it was a regular night. it was pretty busy. you know, business as usual. but, again, this officer kind of took the time to kind of -- saw something, kind of came in and took that extra step. >> reporter: jose caro was working in the sketchers store at the time. news 4 has obtained security video from the store. caro helped him find a pair of waterproof boots and he let the officer use his employee discount. officer deprimo s
city where that cleanup continues. we hear that a big decision was just made in new york city? >> reporter: yeah, in fact, jeff, they decided after days of controversy to now cancel the new york city marathon this weekend, deciding it's a time to stop, stay, and help instead of run in the city. you can see what is left of an older part of the boardwalk behind me here in atlantic city. so many communities from lower manhattan through here in atlantic city, up and down the east coast, all struggling, trying to find some way to come back right now. heavy equipment helps to steer the difficult recovery. power lines are slowly going back up. but many places are still overmatch bird the devastation sandleft behind. >> this is well beyond what any of us ever imagined. >> reporter: the long road to recovery now literally lined with hundreds of thousands struggling to survive. the lines stretch for blocks if you're lucky, but more often for miles. people waiting in traffic or for a ride on the limited public transportation available. hundreds hanging out just to charge their phones. >>
is no way to drive in, and i can tell you if you're trying to get into new york city, the order stands, you have to have at least three people in the car. in a region where people are already tired, hungry and fed up, no electricity, no subways, no water, this has got them fuming. commuters standing in line for hours to catch a bus. on the roads, mass gridlock, and no gas. >> i hope i don't have to push to the gas station. >> reporter: as many as 80% of the gas stations have no gas or power to pump gas. those with power are running out fast. the lines stretching for miles. >> here in new jersey it seems to be particularly bad. >> reporter: the line at this exxon in cram ford, new jersey snaked blocked through a nearby neighborhood. everywhere, temperatures are starting to flare. >> i was in this line about an hour. people, cutting in line at the other corner. >> this is america. you have to take your turn. >> reporter: in ridgefield where they're only taking gas, they were trying to fill up to make a c-section appointment. on long island, another bumper-to-bumper line taking up an entire la
after sandy, getting in and out of new york city a nightmare. long lines at gas stations across the region as the death toll from the storm rises to at least 75 people. and new images show the storm's fury in connecticut and new jersey "today," thursday, november 1st, 2012. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" at 7 am on the west coast this thursday morning. i'm savannah gurthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. let's look at the highways in and out of the city, mostly into the city. keep in mind it is 10:00 local time here on the east coast, so the bulk of the rush hour is over around yet, look at that. gonna be a lot of people late for work today. all of this caused by the remnants of sandy. >> yeah, a lot of people feeling it. there's some good news to report. limited mass transit services resumed this morning. they were supposed to help ease that commute a bit, as you can see not exactly working perfectly. we will show you brooklyn right now. a massive line of people waiting for shuttle bus service into manhattan. >> take all of that into consideration and, believe it or not, org
town. you can do it every day, of course. something very important to new york city mayor michael bloomberg, who will join us to talk about it in our next half hour. >>> then an unusual punishment for a convicted killer in oklahoma. a teenager was sentenced to spend ten years in church after pleading guilty to manslaughter. the ruling has sparked a legal dispute and we'll hear from both sides in that case. >>> a bit later, we'll switch gears with a look at tonight's power ball jackpot drawing. there are 325 million reasons or so to buy a ticket. it is one of the biggest jackpots in history. did you buy one? will you buy one? >> i am going to play and then i am going to pray. >> i like that strategy. i like it. >> we'll see if it works this time. >>> we do want to begin with the death of actor larry hagman. msnbc's thomas roberts is here with a lot more on that. good morning. >> he truly was a one of a kind. larry hagman will forever be remembered for iconic role as j.r. ewing on the primetime drama "dallas." the character was a scheming business cheat, an unfaithful husband, and a
't quite make up for the cancelled new york city marathon but thousands took to the streets of san francisco today for the u.s. half marathon. it started early this morning in aquatic park. they made their way arols the gonld gate bridge before heading back to the park. they say this year's event had a different feel because of what people on the east coast are going through and most say cancelling the new york city marathon was the right thing to do. >> it was, took resources away from helping other people rebuild. it would be very disappointing. >>. >> 5,000 people participated in the half marathon. those who chose to also helped to raise money for saint jude's children's hospital. >>> as if enough wasn't happening here on earth this month there's a lot going nonthis sky, too. the torrid meteor showers will be bright 0 starting tonight. if conditions are right the torrids produce five visible shooting stars an an hour and leoned anies 15 or more give or take. we want to check in with rob for the rate the latest on the weather. >> the next couple of nights should be good. not much
of them. i don't know, 20, 30. >> reporter: and a new rule that limits cars coming into new york city to only those with at least three passengers caused miles of incredible back-up at checkpoints. there is some good news. partial subway service was restored and the army corps of engineers is helping to empty a number of still-flooded tunnels. how much water are we talking about that you're going to need to pump out? >> our estimates right this point in time are 300 million to 400 million gallons of water. >> reporter: one silver lining from sandy, the floodwaters killed at least a few of the millions of rats that have been the menace of subway stations. but drinking water remains unsafe in many communities. floodwaters filled with a toxic brew of raw sewage and chemicals are making clean-up even harder. >> insurance companies are telling us to empty our houses out, to clean the stuff and leave it in our property. but is it safe for us to breathe in that stuff? it's all toxic. it's raw sewage. >> reporter: in coney island, the new york aquarium remains flooded. staffers are pumping th
here for new york city's mayor in the wake of a backlash, also? >> you better believe, if we start executing thoo he is guys on -- executing these guys on death row that people will think twice. >> the debate over ending the death penalty coming to a head just days before the election. advocates on both side of the fight state their case. >> and a reality check, does the school district really pay the price when it comes to kids kipping class for a world series break? we are back in two minutes. >> decision 2012, the campaign to eliminate the death penalty. look at the undecideds. 17%, which is a large number. the swing vote will be critical. >> we want to become you in for a closer look at both sides. >> thank you, this could be the most emotionally charged issue on the ballot on. there are victims families on each side. there are police and district attorneys on each side. now, i spoke at length with two of the leaders the debate. the exwarden who knows all about death row and a father who knows all about waiting for his daughter's killer to die. they each have given their lives
, the annual macy's thanksgiving parade. and that's in new york city. preparations are still in the final stages. balloons are being filled and raised to the sky, and thousands will be marching. and millions around the country will be watching tomorrow. but this year a very special tribute will be paid to those affected by hurricane sandy. each person in the parade will be wearing a pin from the american red cross. and a special float will be dedicated to the first responders and volunteers. >>> let's bring in our chief meteorologist jeff ranieri, who used to work at 30 rock at the network level. how is that parade, jeff? >> it's incredible. if you live in new york city, you have to go see it in person at least once. all right. let's get a look at the doppler radar here. over the past 24 hours, we have had a lot of rainfall. also plenty of snow up across the sierra. but it is now cleared out there. are no raindrops on the roadways. if you're doing any traveling tonight, it's a lot safer for you. but let's get a look at these impressive rainfall totals. the north bay got in over an inch. w
to put their lives back together. more than 100,000 homes and businesses in new york and new jersey are without electricity as they struggle to rebuild. a 77-year-old man has died from injuries from a fall brunging the city's death toll to 43. homeland security secretary janet nah pop politan know has reaffirmed her commitment to be with those for the duration. now for a look at the weather here is nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. give me good news. >> that's depends where you are in the west. >> i want sunshine. >> go south. the northwest isn't pretty. rain and snow in many areas of washington state and oregon state. look at the radar. the green shows you where the rain is. the white is the snow and the cold air trying to hang tough. northern idaho and spokane dealing with snow. in spokane, you could end up with an inch or two. temperatures should warm up during the day. looks like we're just about done with it in areas near yakima. portland, looking at mostly just rain and scattered showers around seattle. as far as snow accumulations go, additional
and if it's successful the program will expand to other big cities like boston, new york and chicago. >>> some incredible sports highlights are straight ahead, plus just 12 short years ago it was billed as the tallest and fastest wooden coaster, but now no more. we're going to tell you why. >>> weekend forecast is definitely talking about the big chill. all those details coming up. you're watching "early today." >>> well, good morning. some other stories making news across america now. hundreds of volunteers helped serve thousands of men, women, and children in need of a traditional thanksgiving dinner at the midnight mission in los angeles. it was a festive atmosphere for the diners, many of whom are homeless. legendary actor dick van dyke who helps out every year says serving at the mission makes his holiday. >>> meanwhile, in sacramento, nearly 28,000 runners and walkers took part in the 19th annual run to feed the hungry race. it raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for the sacramento food bank. >>> east and west coasters took to the streets thanksgiving morning in turkey trot
this, beloved new york city. >> going to go to radio city, such fun for the kids, you guys have ever not gone, they give you 3-d glasses, see like 10,000 santas coming at you, the kids go crazy, probably try to go friday matinee. >> awesome, awesome. >> we had fun with anderson cooper, had fun the few days ago, like everyone is just hearing about our party. >> just aired yesterday. >> that's right. >> anderson cooper did something he has never, ever done on national television before. he had a couple of sips of the sauce, okay? and he is one lightweight. we have never seen anything like it except for when i was in high school. >> we thought he was kidding. no. >> anyway, this is how he did -- how it went down. >> so to speak. >> i'm so excited, hoda and kathie lee are here, having a lot of fun. i am drunk. it is sad but true. i'm like, during the break, i'm like eating chicken, like chicken. >> don't drink that much, do we? >> yes. >> okay. there's a new -- one of my favorite networks is tlc. >> favorite what? >> networks, tlc. >> tlc. >> tlc. oh, my god. >> yes. >> should never have
pledged to new york city. some of them inspired by phyllis' story. you touched a lot of people the last time we spoke. a lot of people saw you on television. and a lot of people said that you are one of the big reasons why they donated. >> everybody -- you're home is the place you love, your home is where your family is, you build memories there, you build a life there. and that's what ripped my heart apart, you know. because i loved my home that much. >> reporter: people were especially touched when you talked about your mother's wedding photo. >> my mother was my best friend. and as despaired as you are at the loss of everything, you find one thing that means something, you know? it's like you got something back. you got something back. out of all the devastation. it helps take away that, that helpless, empty feeling you have. you know? >> those houses are gone. >> reporter: this aerial shot was taken right after sandy struck. the flooded lot is where phyllis' house had been. after the water receded she showed us what is left. how many times have you come down here since the storm? >>
is at a store in new york city where tickets are probably a hot commodity. andrea, good morning. >> reporter: yes, they are. this is a big deal. selling hundreds of tickets every hour. people started lining up at 5:00 a.m., and this jackpot, it just keeps growing. it's grown $175 million in just the last three days alone. >> ticket sales are expected to top a whopping $1 billion by tonight's drawing where a single winner could walk away with a cash prize worth $327 million before taxes. >> there you go. good luck. >> i would take my entire family on a cruise around the world. >> a sports car for me. >> aston martin. >> i'll pinch myself. >> reporter: and it's not just the lucky winners who win big. $1 of every $2 powerball ticket goes to the state covering lottery overhead and supporting programs like education. the federal government also hits the jackpot, taking a quarter of the winner's earnings in taxes and, yes, there's more. states and cities can take an additional 5% to 12%. a new york city winner would pay the highest taxes, but lucky winners in eight states may no state taxes on win
could have taken his jacket off, maybe met in the middle, compromise. >>> this comes to us from new york city where the government is giving a hand to thousands of new yorkers who had their jobs washed away by hurricane sandy. a federal grant will be used to put 5,000 new yorkers back to work. governor andrew cuomo slated the funds will allow the state to quickly hire unemployed residents to clean up areas devastated by hurricane sandy. that's one thing a lot of people are not talking about. there's so much cleanup to be done. >> they need people to do it. >> what better people to do it. >> they can't hire a plumber or electrician or any of those things right now. >>> i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. >>> if you think it's cold out, this may make you think twice about complaining. more than 200 people warmed up before taking an icy dip in the waters off southeast poland. the tradition sees swimmers aged 6 to 80 dressed up in wigs and costumes to take the polar plunge. at 39 degrees, some complained the water wasn't even
. >>> first new york city bans trans fats and giant sodas. now los angeles is encouraging meatless mondays. the l.a. city council adopted a resolution encouraging people to go vegetarian on mondays. it's not a law. it is all on a voluntary basis. the plan is to help reduce the intake of saturated fats. >> that's not bad. >> a healthy move. >>> a cat returned as if by magic. we'll have his remarkable reunion six years in the making just ahead. >>> welcome back now. taking a lovely live look over mt. tam. a beautiful day shaping up. a touch warmer than yesterday. the climb is on through thursday. the 70s return. friday into the weekend, the rain comes back into the mix. we're talking about heavy showers sunday into monday. back to you guys. >>> thank you, christina. we end with a remarkable reunion with a missing cat in the bay area. >> a missing cat gone for six years. they finally found him. it was by magic. the feline's name is magic. he went missing when his homeowner moved from cupertino to los altos. he put up signs, but no sign of him. six years later, a man saw him and called animal
'll follow throughout the day here on nbc. this morning, president obama travels to new york city to witness firsthand the devastation caused by superstorm sandy and to thank first responders for their efforts. the president toured new jersey's storm-struck coast earlier this month. some of the superstorm's victims are still without power two weeks later while others lost everything. >>> a holiday tradition in manhattan today, when macy's herald square unveils its 2012 christmas windows. >>> and it's a historic day for us here at the national broadcasting center company. it was on this day in 1926 the nbc radio network debuted with 24 stations. >>> all day long you can stay on top of the very latest developments in those stories and others as they break on msnbc. and tonight be sure to watch "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> and finally, here's a look at what's coming up later this morning on the "today" show. see matt's rare interview with all the members of legendary rolling stones as they celebrate 50 years together. and hoda kotb will be behind the scenes with a look at kathie
the boardwalk. >> we are ready for the people to come back. >> reporter: new york city is ready to continue traditions, too. not everyone is in favor of holding the marathon. >> someone who has no home is put back out into the street. there is no plan for the city on transitional housing, but a runner from out of town will get that room. >> reporter: many are asking for federal help. >> in the cold and dark. >> reporter: tired of accepting life without the necessities. fema is opening disaster relief centers today. they will be needed because a winter storm could be headed this way. i'm danielle leigh, nbc news. >> we will hold a special telethon for nbc. matt lauer will host the event. you can see the telethon right here on nbc bay area. that is at 8:00 tonight. >> they will have aerosmith. great cause. >>> christina loren is here. >> we had to get through the showers earlier in the week and it is cool out there as we had a cold front come through. look at how sunny it is in san francisco. we have beautiful conditions out there right now. you can see for almost ten miles. this is the live
a tech company ceo. >>> this year's macy's thanksgiving day parade in new york city has some bay area flare. the radio city rockettes kicked off the parade. then, it was time for the balloons, which included crowd favorites like kermit. as well as new balloons including elf on a shelf. we saw singer charlie ray jepsen and rachel crow. and of course, there were the marching bands, including one from the bay area. >> from california, here's the saratoga marching band and color guard. students from every continent on the globe is represented in the band. they played the "2012 american overture." >> i watched it this morning. they were spectacular. the saratoga marching band and color guard was 1 of 11 bands nationwide chosen to participate in this parade. >>> still ahead at 11:00, strategy turned into a valuable lesson. friends of a young woman speak out. >>> and a massive pileup in texas. we'll tell you what sparked the crash involving more than 150 vehicles. >>> and it's a choice that has niners fans taking sides. smith or cap nick. >>> we are tracking a cold night tonight for black fr
engineers are draining all that water from new york city's flooded tunnels and subways. >>> and with just one day to go until their big show on the plaza, a look back at four decades of aerosmith. >>> and now keep it on this channel for continuing local news, weather, sports, and more. i'm lynn berry. thanks for watching "early today," just your first stop of the day, today on your nbc station. have a good one. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
. mr. obama received a key endorsement today from new york city mayor and independent michael bloomberg. with five days until election day, president obama campaigned across wisconsin, nevada and colorado. mitt romney travelled across virginia today. both sides concentrating on nine swing states which could make the difference. >> the president wants to see four more years, that's his chant. our chant is this, five more days, all right? >> we know what change looks like. and what the governor is offering sure ain't change. giving more power back to the biggest banks isn't change. leaving millions without health insurance isn't change. >> and today's nbc poll, the president leads mitt romney by six points in iowa. the races in wisconsin and new hampshire are much tighter. >>> an effort is underway to establish a reward nund last night's murder of a popular business owner. investigators say robbery was the motive for the deadly shooting of 50-year-old wilbur bartley. he was closing his cell phone store on international boulevard. when police say he was confronted by one or two gunmen. he
. >>> superstorm sandy is gone. but the misery continues to grow. 98 are confirmed dead, 38 in new york city alone. and that number is expected to rise, as police and rescue crews go door-to-door, searching for victims. authorities say it could take a week or more to restore power. the lack of electricity has shut down gas stations and supermarkets. the hardest-hit areas, staten island in new york and the jersey shore, where many homes are completely destroyed. there's a distinct local connection in all of this. people are finally able to fly back into sfo, while money and supplies are flying out to the east coast. george kiriyama continues our coverage from sfo tonight. >> reporter: the first thing this woman noticed when she arrived in san francisco, were lights. >> it's a luxury. >> reporter: that's because days after hurricane sandy, her staten island home still has no power. she is one of the millions who survived the superstorm in the northeast. >> i have a 15-year-old daughter who was very terrified. and she thought we were going to die. >> reporter: linda was visiting newark when sandy hit
. >> reporter: she was supposed to compete in the new york city marathon this weekend. when the race was cancelled, she agreed now is not the time to run. instead, she stayed to help. >> i can't even imagine like losing everything. so if i could do something to help, you know, whatever little i could do, i want to do it. >> reporter: support also continues to pour in by the truckload, with water, and warm clothes. but there is no way to meet the overwhelming need all at once. >> after the initial search and rescue, the recovery process is difficult and it is painful. >> reporter: today, president obama again met with fema officials working to try to ease the pain. >> it continues to be my number one priority. there is nothing more important than us getting this right. >> reporter: vital in a place where so much has gone so wrong. jay gray, nbc news, new york. >>> and republicans are criticizing the president's response to the hurricane, in light of the fact many are without power tonight. democrats say they were pro active and prepared as much as they could. the candidates, meanwhile
beginning to pick up, gusting now to new york city at 32. at the peak of the storm, we expect wind gusts anywhere from 50 to 70 miles per hour. that will be this afternoon into early this evening, especially over long island and coastal sections of new jersey. a lot of people just got their power back on. now we'll have additional power outages on top of that. we'll even get snow with this storm. some areas that haven't seen any snow. the snowfall amounts very impressive, especially northern portions of delaware around the philadelphia area and especially new jersey. the same locations that had the devastation and you saw the destruction of their homes, now we're looking at getting a coating of a couple inches of snow on top of damaged property. not what anyone needed in this will het through the inner mountain west and northern rockies with a snowstorm in the days ahead. >>> lynn, the west has enjoyed beautiful weather as of late. that all changes. a little flip of our weather pattern over the next couple days. >> we'll check back with you in just a little bit. >>> coming up, the world
, setting a record for snowfall in new york city. winds toppled power lines putting more than 100,000 people in the dark. possibly for the second time in just over a week. >> i went out to run to a store. i came back. my house was black, my kids were all frantic. no heat. it's just -- it's been crazy. >> one after the other. across the country, airlines cancelling more than 1,000 flights in the bay area for a second straight day. about a dozen east coast flights have been cancelled. >>> for many with disabilities standing out in a crowd is an uncomfortable experience. but for others, grabbing the spotlight is what defines them. >> a redwood city teenager is making herself stand out in a big, loud way. garvin thomas is here with her story in our bay area proud. >> angel gonzalez was born with spina bifida. in her case, means a wheelchair for the rest of her life. but while her disability may prevent her from doing certain daily tasks, it didn't stop her from dreaming big. and turning that dream into reality is tonight's bay area proud. >> for a dream that involves so much yelling, it's amazin
their town, a fury of fire and flood. new york city fire department assistant chief bob mains walked us through what is left on just this street, beach 130. >> this is a firefighter's home. >> reporter: dozens of homes were destroyed, but there were just as many heroes. among them the very humble ron cassar of engine 265 he dove under the rising water to find a hydrant and attach a hose. don't you feel as though maybe you did something extraordinary? >> nothing more than the other members of my -- company would do. across town, tommy in queens was working when they got a call, people trapped >> the water was this high, coming up to the top of the windshield. >> reporter: when they got there, there was not just water but a wall of fire. a river of water between them, he had to swim and then climb a building to get to those trapped >> one woman was pregnant, there were a minimum of six children. >> is there a possibility of getting a tower? amid the rains and fire, he brought people through the roof tops through an open window and out on to a rescue boat. >> this was not anything i have e
including staten island to bring relief. part of new york city's designated volunteer day to help the thousands still dealing with sandy's destruction and showing the victims that they are not alone. >> thank you for helping. i appreciate it. >> reporter: homeland security secretary janet napolitano is scheduled to be back tomorrow. this time to visit a disaster recovery site in staten island. meantime, residents here are still waiting for the power to come on. governor chris christie has pledged that power could be restored in all areas of new jersey by tonight. lester? >> michelle, thank you. >>> the united nations declared this malala day named for the 15-year-old pakistani girl shot by the taliban for, because she spoke out for the education of girls. today an outpouring of support for malala and her cause from around the world. that story from nbc's amna navaz. >> reporter: they chanted her name and carried her picture. fellow students in pakistan honoring malala. it's not only one, we are all malala. the whole of pakistan is malala. >> my message to the female students of th
-atlantic, well, today it felt like spring. a warm 66 degrees here in new york city, while parts of the west and midwest get blasted with cold-like winter, all of which is prompting people to ask yet again, what is with our crazy weather extremes? our report from our chief correspondent anne thompson. >> reporter: america has a case of weather whiplash >> 60 degrees as the high on friday, and then 28 degrees as the high on saturday. >> reporter: this weekend, the west went from summer to winter overnight. >> and that is winter. >> it is winter. >> reporter: today, the northeast enjoys the spring-like temperatures, still recovering from superstorm sandy, and the nor'easter that covered her debris in a record snowfall. >> this is something we've never seen before, any of the meteorologists here, for that matter. and it is something very, very unusual. >> reporter: you will get no argument from the people who have to deal with it. >> i am waiting for the locusts next. >> reporter: this region is dealing with the drought, the wildfires and the warmest month on record. in 2011, there were extreme
at an auction in new york city last night. >>> up nex making a difference for children's lives suddenly changed in a big way by the storm. ahmed jab humphries humph>>> we're back a for our "making a difference report" tonight. it may take a disaster like hurricane sandy to make kids feel how much they miss school. a lot of families have been uprooted, and neighbors are contributing as much as they can to get their sense of security back. our report tonight from nbc's rehema ellis. >> reporter: second graders from two schools in one classroom, brought together by disaster. >> hurricane sandy was like a tornado. and a storm. >> reporter: more than 400 students from this school on staten island have been relocated to the nearby petriti school. the principal of ps-52 says the generous people are overwhelming. >> this will allow them to heal more quickly. >> reporter: to make it happen took a village. >> everybody is absolutely working together from the custodians, to the security staff, the kitchen, the school aides, power professionals. >> reporter: conference rooms are now makeshift classrooms. l
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